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finishing in the green. some records also hit today, honeywe honeywell, united technology, and travelers hitting all-time highs. and cliffs natural resources, we have seen general weakness in iron/ore pricing over the past week or so, when iron ore gets low, it can mean rough sledding for cliffs. also, electronic arts getting hit today. it was your worst performer in the s&p. the company expects revenue and earnings per share at the current quarter to be at the low end of or slightly below its year end forecast. harley davidson, no easy ride today for hog. retail sales for january and february may have been down 4% to 5% 7. and adobe systems just out with earnings, beat on the top and bottom line. that stock spiking in the after-hours. back to you guys, maria. >> thank you so much, josh. and as you just mentioned, adobe up better than 5% after report earnings that beat expectations. take a look at the chart. right after the break, we will take you live to adobe headquarters in san jose, dig into the numbers with an exclusive interview with adobe's ceo. >>> later on, the nfl looking for a
up 25 points, technology, one of the leadership groups today with a gain on the nasdaq at 3,254. and the s&p tonight up 10.5 points, sitting at 1,558, just a few points from an all-time closing high. let's get straight to the markets. we've got cnbc.com's jeff dotts, cnbc contributor ron insana, and our own rick santelli. good to see everybody. thank you for joining us. >> good afternoon, maria. >> i want to continue my conversation with rich peterson that i was just having in the break, that earnings growth. i know you've got all the stats that we want. first quarter earnings growth expected at up 0.6%, under 1% for the first quarter, earnings growth. second quarter? >> about 7.1%. we celebrate to 9% in the third quarter, according to the s&p capital iq statistics. and by the french quarter ourth this year, looking for a double-digit percentage. i see jeff shaking his heads. >> i have no idea where those numbers come from. we got those same numbers that we were supposed to see a 10% increase in the fourth quarter, 11% increase in this quarter. we're obviously not going to s
or some technology stocks? so very clearly what's happening is the investor is scared. >> all right. he threw a lot at you there, harry. let me do two words that come out of what nathan had to say that people are pointing to, to support this market down the road without a major selloff. those two words are federal reserve. how do you reconcile that? >> no, exactly. what i said. $2 trillion a year in stimulus. that's the only reason we're growing at a paltry 2%. that's a horrible equation. imagine what would happen if we did not have all this qe. the fed could do that for another ten years. we'd have a $30 trillion government debt. we'd have a $15 trillion balance sheet. if you want to bet on that, nathan, bet on that. i'm betting on 320 million people doing what people do as they age. they spend less money. the fed's going to only have to stimulate more and more. >> really. the american consumer is fabulous, harry. >> $2 trillion of stimulus, nathan. >> you could have a $2 trillion mortgage on your house if you can afford to pay the debt right now. you're not going to be going bankrupt
technology can do better. >> and what do you think about -- >> i think there's got to be more offense. >> go ahead, say it again. >> maria, i think there's got to be more offense. that the auto and housing story is still in tact. that the energy infrastructure story for the u.s. is very much in tact. dresser and trinity are two plays there, and those are stocks we've talked about throughout this year. and they're going to be the stocks we're talking about in december of this year still. >> maria, i agree you have to play -- >> go ahead. >> i agree that you want to be playing offense here, in the long-term. i mean, if you look at the trends in capital spending on the corporate sector, even though unemployment is still high, it has come down. hiring is occurring. and you are going to see -- you can't keep hiring people and not give them computers to work with. so i think that, eventually, capital spending is going to catch up with employment, and that's going to also be a driver. >> maria, you want to own your health care stocks, johnson and johnson, pfizer, abbott. and in that oil services in
to do a little bit better, a little bit capital spending, a little higher price technology stocks. that could be a way to sort of reallocate your portfolio slightly here. >> rich, what do you think? >> i hate to sound like a broken record, maria, but there is a fair amount of yield in small and midcap as well. it is not just a large cap phenomen phenomenon. and if you want to look for equity income, i think right now it might be a little safer to go toward the midcap space than this big multinational space. not that the dividends are going to be cut, but remember, it's total return that we ultimately have to invest in. and i think that the large caps may actually come under a little pressure here, much more than midcap and small cap. >> it's a great point. greg ip, why don't you weigh in on cyprus here. the idea that this latest proposal is to shut down one of the major banks and consolidate some of the banking assets and sell off the so-called bad assets. what's your take on how important cyprus is for investors? >> well, look, it's absolutely critical that whatever plan the cypr
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